The Korean Culture Ministry has had enough of people
becoming addicted to online games and dying in internet cafes. We would too.
Its answer is to nip potential addiction cases in the bud by imposing a curfew
on under-16s who play MMOs after midnight. After a one-month trial through
June, a 12am-6am curfew will be put into full effect in July.
According to South Korean newspaper Korea Times, it's
reckoned that 87% of the country's 100 most popular online games will be
affected, leaving educational titles and online games from smaller and
medium-sized companies unblocked.
does seem to be the source for many of the more horrific cases of MMO
addiction, such as the man who played Starcraft for 50 hours in an internet café,
non-stop, until his heart gave up from exhaustion.
But is a six-hour enforced break for teens really the answer?
And don't Korean mums pull the plug out of the wall like ours did?